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When are we going to get tired of being abused?

This country was established on the simple facts that people were being mistreated, they were tired of it, and they were not going to take it anymore. One cannot help but admire people who come to the end of their ...

Kobe Bryant’s curtain call – Father Time has spoken

At age 36, superstar Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is apparently at the end of his rope. On his final professional contract, a two-year $48 million deal to make sure he retires as a Laker,

Nurturing our youth: Each generation has something to offer

Whether it is in an inner-city neighborhood across America, the Caribbean, in Europe or in a sprawling mass of people in an African or Brazilian urban area, millions of Black youth throughout the world are crying out for a better ...

The relevancy of Black history

Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week, which began Feb. 12, 1926. He scheduled the week to match the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

How Dick Gregory got a Hollywood star

Activist/SiriusXm satellite radio host Joe Madison was helping on a campaign to get the Four Tops a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he noticed another serious omission from the world-famous tribute to entertainers.

Our history: Civic lessons, civil rights

Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, Don’t Know Much about History, was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know ...

We’ve had enough of poor leadership

How many times, especially during or just after a tragedy like the killing of Eric Garner, have you heard one of our “leaders” angrily say, “Enough is enough”? They say it as if their angry rhetoric will scare the perpetrators ...

Making no progress on race with ‘progressives’

like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for president, but there are quite a few political ...

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to make more Black history. Black History Month is now celebrated around the world. We are grateful for the visionary leadership of noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson for being ...

‘Give Us the Ballot’

Martin Luther King Jr. said in his Give Us the Ballot address to the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1957: “Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government ...

Jimmie Lee Jackson inspired Selma March

Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis captured the headlines, it was the death of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson that inspired the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March.

What is the state of your union?

Every year in January, we can look forward to hearing the president of the United States give his State of the Union Address. This is the opportunity for the president to set the agenda for the upcoming year and to ...

The importance of research funding

Recently, a group of scientists announced the discovery of a new powerful antibiotic that they say has the potential to reduce deaths from dangerous infections. An estimated 75,000 people die each year from hospital-acquired infections, but new antibiotics are rarely ...

An open letter to President Barack Obama

We love you. We respect you. We support you. We strongly supported your becoming president and have continued to support you through all the trying times. We continue to love, respect and support you.

Dr. Martin Luther King left a blueprint for eradicating poverty

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it.” Not too many years ago, Kirtley Mather, a Harvard geologist, wrote a book titled Enough and to Spare. ...